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School board votes to build new elementary school in Mission Bay

Shane Downing | April 27, 2017 | Hoodline

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Mission Bay is getting a new elementary school. As KTVU reported, members of the San Francisco Unified School District’s board voted to build a new campus over the next five years on land provided by UCSF.

Going back to 1998, Mission Bay residents have been promised a public elementary school, most recently in 2006, when SFUSD revisited the idea but lacked sufficient enrollment to move forward.

According to KTVU, there are now an estimated 100 school-aged children in the neighborhood who don't have a school to go to, thus forcing those parents to seek out non-public options.

Considering that 30 percent of housing in Mission Bay is affordable and the neighborhood continues to see a boon in new development, including the forthcoming Warriors arena, the area is expected to soon contain enough school-aged residents to move forward with a new school.

District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim was quoted as saying that the Mission Bay neighborhood is expecting families with 500 to 900 potential new students to move into the neighborhood in the coming years.  

Mission Bay’s planned elementary school will be bound by a 90-foot district-imposed height limit, and SFUSD board members said they’re exploring adding affordable housing for public school teachers in the neighborhood as well. Members also said they’re looking into adding a Science Technology Engineering and Math center somewhere in the area for district-wide use.

With the possibility of 10,000 new students moving to the city in the next decade, SFUSD said it plans to build more schools in other neighborhoods.

Page updated on 04/27/17